Posts Tagged ‘hidden feature’

Uses for the icon in windows title bar (proxy icon)

Saturday, February 14th, 2004

Who never noticed this icon which appears at the top every document window, to the left of the window title, that we call “proxy” icon. Although these icons seem to be added almost as a decoration to the top of the windows, they are filled with somewhat hidden features that are very useful, particularly for drag and drop. Here is an example of proxy icon, on the left of the document’s (in TextEdit):

Proxy icon example

We will see in this text the features offered by the proxy icons located in the windows’ title-bar. It is recommended to know the bases of drag and drop with files before reading this text.

Tip: Activate a Terminal window by moving the mouse cursor

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

Tip level : pro

Required : Terminal, Panther

Related link : Switch Terminal window focus with mouse movement

You want to be able to input commands in the Terminal without even making it the frontmost application ? You can if you turn on this hidden feature with the following command :

defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string YES

Relaunch Terminal before to activate it. If you have more than one Terminal window opened, you’ll be able to enter text in one by moving the cursor above it (notice the window activates when you do this : shadow and title bar appearance are modified). This can even be used when you are in an other application, but it seems to be somehow unpredictable when more than one window is opened (I think you need to wait a few milliseconds for it to work well !).